When Are Criminal Records in NY Sealed?
In New York State, criminal records are sealed in a variety of scenarios. The below list is detailed in CPL 160.50.
If your criminal case was ended by above of the above then the New York State Department of Criminal Justice System, the NYPD or other Police agency, the District Attorneys Office and the Court records are sealed.
Can Felony Convictions Be Sealed in NY?
Can Misdemeanor Convictions Be Sealed in NY?
What Does the Sealing of NY Criminal Records Mean?
The sealing of criminal records means that the actual court file remains, however it is sealed from the public view.
What Does Expungement of NY Criminal Records Mean?
The expungement of criminal records is the physical removal of criminal records. This occurs in various jurisdictions, however it is not available under NY law.
The Sealing of Criminal Records Process
When Can There Be an Unsealing of the Criminal Records?
There are certain statutorily defined circumstances in which sealed records can be released by court order. See CPL 160.50(e)
What is the Difference Between the Sealing of NY Criminal Records under CPL 160.50 vs. CPL 160.55?
The sealing of NY criminal records under CPL 160.50 occurs when the criminal charges are dismissed completely, whereas the sealing of NY criminal records under CPL 160.55 occurs when the criminal charges are reduced from a felony or misdemeanor to a violation. Under CPL 160.50 all records are destroyed. Under CPL 160.55 the court records are still available.
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